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Coat of arms of Borzna Alternate names: Borzna [Rus-Борзна, Ukr-Борзна, Yid-באָרזנע, Pol], Borsna [Ger], Borzne. 51°15' N, 32°26' E, 52 miles ESE of Chernihiv (Chernigov). Jewish population: 1,516

ShtetLink: [October 2000]


  • "This is now very rural country - mud roads with deep ruts often filled with water. Alex is driving this poor car as though it were a jeep. I pity the owner after this trip. I see many babushkas following herds of cattle or shepherding flocks of geese. These people are not hungry. There were many geese and ducks and chickens. It is like a scene out of Fiddler on the Roof. Finally, we find the location and walk over to some markers we see in the distance. They are surrounded by a metal fence but are mostly recent. All are located at the edge of a field and number no more than eight or nine. Where are the older graves? A woman walks by and we inquire about these. She says that this was all that is left; the main part has been plowed under! I can see why Lena doesn't like to come out here. My original motive for learning Russian was to be able to read the markers here. As we stand on this field, Alex says that we are probably standing on the spot. I know now that the Synagogue-Fishmarket has become their last remaining monument." Source [July 2014]

MASS GRAVEShapovalovka village [July 2014]



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